- Phone: (859) 272-3441
- Meeting Address:
4300 Nicholasville Rd., Lexington, KY 40515
- Mailing Address: 4300 Nicholasville Rd., Lexington, KY 40515
- Sunday: 10:45am-6:30pm
The following parents information pages have been designed to answer some frequently asked questions by parents concerning:
When is a child ready to trust Christ as Savior and Lord?
And, at what age can a child have a genuine conversion experience?
It would be simple to answer these questions if there were an age at which any child would be ready to trust Christ as Lord and Savior. But there is not a certain age. Each child is unique and must be dealt with on an individual basis. Among the factors which influence the age when a child is ready are: chronological age, intelligence, spiritual training and home environment. But there is only one determining factor - God’s timing. The Bible teaches that no one can come to God unless the Holy Spirit draws that person. (John 6:44) This is also true for children. We don’t know when the Spirit will deal with a child. However, adults must be ready to talk at any time and treat children’s questions and inquiries with seriousness and respect. Many children will be ready to make a knowledgeable decision by ages 7 or 8. Some will be ready a little earlier. And some older children may not be ready. This is why each child must be counseled on an individual age, regardless of age. How can I know when my child is ready to trust Christ as Savior and Lord?
The time that a child is ready to trust Jesus as Savior and Lord is referred to as the "age of accountability." This is the time that a child realizes his accountability to God for his sin. Before a child is ready to receive Christ, he must understand four things.
It is not that a child has to understand the word itself, because some children may have never heard the word. However, the child must understand the concept.
Sin is more than just doing wrong. Sin is our conscious choice to do wrong. It is choosing our way instead of God’s way in our lives. It is living to please ourselves and not living to please God. Because of this attitude, we do things that do not please God. These are called sins.
So, the child should understand that sin is a deliberate choice to disobey God.
A child can understand what sin is, but still not believe that he is a sinner.
If a child understands what sin is and that he is a sinner, we often make the assumption that he is ready to receive Christ. However, this may not be the case. A child must understand the next two things.
Until a certain age, a child will determine right and wrong on the basis of pain and pleasure. However, when the Holy Spirit convicts a child, he understands that his sin is wrong. He has an understanding that his sin is not just wrong because his parents say it is wrong. It is wrong because he has deliberately chosen to do what he wanted to do instead of what God wanted him to do.
A child may understand that he has sinned against God, but not understand that he is separated from God because of his sin. He may understand the fact, but not the consequences or seriousness of his sin. So, the child must be sorry enough for his sin to turn away from it and decide to live his life to please Jesus.
In conclusion, it is important to remember that the Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin in the life of a child. That same Holy Spirit will give parents discernment in determining the spiritual understanding of their children. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our children’s pastor, Wayne Noble, at 859-272-3441 or wayne@portermemorial.
Who should be baptized?
Everyone has trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
What is baptism?
1. The word "baptism" means to dip or immerse in water
2. A symbol or picture showing the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our new life.
3. An act of obedience.
4. A critical part of the mission of the church.
What is baptism NOT?
1. The way a person becomes Christian.
2. The literal washing away of our sins.
( Revelation 1:5)
3. Necessary for salvation.
Why should I be baptized?
1. To obey God.
2. To show to others what God has done in your life.
3. To follow the example that Christ gave us
4. To be united with other believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
When should I be baptized?
As soon as possible after becoming a Christian.
What must a child do to be baptized at Porter Memorial Baptist Church?
All children must meet individually with the children’s pastor or one of our trained children’s baptism counselors prior to baptism to be sure that the child has trusted Jesus as Savior and Lord and understands his or her need to be baptized.
Who should participate in the Lord’s Supper?
Everyone has trusted Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Why should I take the Lord’s Supper?
1. Jesus commanded it. (I Corinthians 11:24)
2. To remember that Christ died on the cross to take the punishment for our sin. (I Corinthians 11:24)
3. To look forward to Christ’s return. (1 Corinthians 11:26)
4. To share a special time with other believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
What is the meaning of the Lord’s Supper?
1. The bread reminds us of Jesus’ body. (I Corinthians 11:24)
2. The juice reminds us of Jesus’ blood which He shed for us on the Cross. (I Corinthians 11:25)
How should I take the Lord’s Supper?
Take the Lord’s Supper reverently and with no unconfessed sin your life. (I Corinthians11: 27-28)
What is stewardship?
Stewardship is guarding, giving, sharing and using responsibly that which God has given me.
Giving’s Guiding Principle:
Everything belongs to God. All that I have has been given to me by the Lord. I am responsible for sharing and using those gifts to glorify God.
Who should give?
Anyone who has been blessed should seek ways to bless others. (Genesis 12:2-3)
Why should I give?
1. Giving recognizes the Lord as the source of our blessings.
2. Giving reveals the condition of our heart and keeps us from loving things rather than God. (Luke 12:34)
3. Giving shows our thankfulness to the Lord (Psalm 69:30)
4. Giving to people in need honors God. (Proverbs 14:31)
5. The Lord blesses those who give. (Luke 6:38)
What can I give?
You can give money, time, work, love, encouragement, mercy, hope, forgiveness, yourself and whatever the Lord has given to you that you might share with others.
How should I give?
1. Give in love. (John 3:16)
2. Give joyfully. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
3. Give humbly. (Matthew 6:2-4)
4. Give sacrificially. (Malach 3:9-11)
5. Give as unto the Lord. (Matthew 25:35-40)
What MUST a parent do to help children to enjoy giving?
1. Practice good stewardship. Giving parents raise giving children.
2. Teach good stewardship.
3. Remind children to practice and develop the habit of good stewardship.
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